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I absolutely loved the part of your lecture you provided us. It was a very insightful description of what kind of economic society we live in today and you contrasted the society of disposable consumption with our ancestral society of minimalism and thrift neatly.
I'm in more of a 'color between the lines' kind of person today. I willingly accept the fact that we're on steady course and that to change it would require too monumental a paradigm shift in culture and ethics that it can not be accomplished by a popular movement, because no popular movement could arise in such a fragmented, apathetic, and overworked peoples.
Still I have dreams of a post consumerist society, just imagine what a world we could have if we only made what we needed, if we reused properly and efficiently, if we realized that we work to make another man rich and simultaneously realize that we need to work to make us all rich (and that if everyone one was rich money wouldn't have the same power it has today). Its a pipe dream and I assume our devastation would occur before such things could be realized, but I will always do what I can to help it happen, just within the lines.
So you really are Dr. Strangelove? Not a pseudonym or a legal name change?
YT...My mouth was agape until I read your last paragraph .
Seriously... I'm nearly 50 now and it's sad but true that what makes us so brazenly non conformist in our youth seems to fade into a quasi acceptance as the years pile on. Human nature, no doubt. Some still keep that indomitable spirit and for that I'm thankful but these days I spend more time thinking about my flower beds in the front yard than shifts in paradigm on a sociologic level.
Though I was thinking of planting peonies in with the gladiolas just last week.